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HISTORY   AND   HUMAN   RELATIONS

were faithful.   The hearts of men are not everywhere
so irredeemably bad that the spectacle of suffering love
would not melt human nature and touch it at an effectual
point somewhere, sometime.   In a similar way when
all else failed, the early Christians always had the weapon
of martyrdom to make them invincible.   Somewhere
there is a callousness that becomes unfrozen by the
challenge of so much Love coming into the world only
to meet with Crucifixion.   Somewhere the challenge
operates to undermine our apparent righteousnesses and
to tear the mask that had hidden us from ourselves.   The
-love for the undeserving, the love that operates on us
irrespective of our deserts—that redundancy and super-
fluity of Love—is stronger in its hold upon a man who
has awakened to it than the fear of hell could ever be.
Heaven does not guarantee that the prowess of the
' good men shall prevail;  but it has shown us that out
of their very defeat there can come a greater victory.
Even from the success of evil at its worst it appears that
Providence can manufacture a still higher good.   In
this sense the Crucifixion itself carries us to the kst
,, truth concerning the nature of history.
:    It is even true that in the last resort the same funda-
mental ideas must determine what it is that Christians
want to do with the world as well as defining the only
thing left for them to do in the worst eventualities.   The
role of Christianity in history has been most impressive
when it has followed this pattern—not when it has been
self-righteous or denunciatory but when it has been
patiently drawing men with cords of love, and has
sought no power except that which comes £com its

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